Ardith Adelle (Felton) Wininger, 87, died April 3, 2013 in Nebraska City after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born Feb. 13, 1926, on Shady Brooke farm outside of Dwight, Kan., to Ralph and Hattie (Forsyth) Felton.
She graduated from Dwight Rural High School in 1944. She attended Baker University and Emporia State Teachers College and received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She attended graduate school at Peru State College and received her master’s degree in Special Education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
She married Darrell Edgar Wininger on July 4, 1947 at the Dwight Methodist Church. After living in Burr Oak and Lovewell, Kan., they moved to Peru in 1952.
Ardith taught school at rural schools in Kansas and Colorado before moving to Nebraska. She re-entered the teaching profession in the early 1970’s after taking off more than 20 years to raise her five children. She spent her last 20 years in teaching as a first grade teacher at the Nebraska School for the Visually Handicapped in Nebraska City.
Ardith was active in community affairs in Peru and Auburn in a variety of capacities. She was a Cub Scout den mother, a member of the Peru PEO Chapter, AAUW, PALS and was honored as a Nebraska Merit Mother, Peru Citizen of the Year and Queen of Old Man River Days. She sang at many different events through the years, including recitals, funerals, weddings and concerts (she was a featured soloist several times in Handel’s The Messiah).
She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, having been baptized at the Dwight Methodist Church in 1926. She had been a member of the Auburn First United Methodist Church for more than 40 years.
Ardith was preceded by her husband of 42 years and sister Helen Ione Pickett.
She is survived by sons Darrell (Patty) of Blair, Dennis (Allyson), San Francisco, Calif., David (Ruth), Papillion and Dwight (Kathy), Lincoln; daughter Melody Parman (Phil), Allen, Texas; grandchildren Lizz (Brian) Abrahams, Nick Wininger, Clark Wininger, Josh Wininger, Rebekah (Garrett) Swanberg, Sarah Morrison (Matt), Ashley Spencer (Matt), Aaron Parman, Preston Parman, Thomas Wininger, Brooke Wininger, Adam Parvanehgohar and Autash Parvanehgohar; and great-grandchildren Drew, Isaac, Ella, and Tessa Swanberg, Fiona and Harper Morrison, and Ava Marie and Madeline Spencer.
Funeral services were April 6 at First United Methodist Church in Auburn, officiated by Rev. Nita Hinds-Park.
Pallbearers were grandsons Joshua Wininger, Thomas Wininger, Nick Wininger, Clark Wininger, Aaron Parman, and Preston Parman.
Honorary bearers were Brian Abrahams, Garrett Swanberg, Matt Spencer, Matt Morrison, and Adam Parvanehgohar. Burial was in Mt. Vernon Cemetery at Peru.
Services were entrusted to Hemmingsen Funeral Home of Auburn.